Udupi got district status in August 1997. It is surrounded by Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Shivamogga districts and Arabian Sea. The district is an important tourist and religious center of Karnataka State. Udupi is known for the eighth Krishna Matt, delicious cuisine, etc. Paddy, Coconut Grooves, Betel nut plantations, Cashew Plantations are major occupation near Udupi. Inland and Deep sea fishing are also part of occupation here. Syndicate Bank was established in Udupi in 1928.
Yakshagana is the traditional dance and art form of Udupi District. There are many institutes which perform and teach this type of dance and art in Udupi. During a festival named Nagaradhane, Yakshagana dances are performed by professionals. Udupi is known for many temples and beaches. Tourists find themselves busy visiting these temples and relaxing on the beaches on visiting Udupi. Biennial Paryaya is famous festival which is held on even years like 2008, 2010, 2012 etc. this festival is celebrated marking the charge of Lord Krishna temple is handed over to next Matha which will take care of temple and its activities. The in charge of temple is circulated among eight mathas once in every two years.
There are many hotels in Udupi which provide a pleasant stay for the tourists. Hotel Sai Vishram is one such place, liquor and non-vegetarian foods are restricted here. There is a private beach in this hotel and thus many water sports are available for adventure lovers. One can escape from hustles and bustles of urban life by staying here. Hotel Wild Wood Spa is also one among them, where the entire place is surrounded by flora and fauna. The hotel is well wrapped by a tiny stream. Hotel Summer Park comes well within our budget with decent ambience for lovely stay.
Inspite of taxiing around the city for sightseeing, one should not miss to taste some of the lip smacking Udupi cuisines. Lord Krishna of Udupi Matt is offered with variety of foods. The Group of Brahmins called “Shivalli Madhva” is the one who cook for Lord Krishna. As time goes on, they added locally available ingredients and their own innovations to bring up a delicious cuisine which is famous all over the world. Souvenirs in Udupi includes traditional jewellery, pickle varieties, wheat and banana halwa, etc.